Books

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Blu-ray Discs

Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases.

Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that he co-founded with filmmakers Steven C. Smith and Patrick Francis.


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THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

Over the years, there have been numerous stories published or otherwise repeated about the production of Warner Bros, action film THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936).

These anecdotal accounts received additional heft in 1975 with the publication of David Niven’s memoir BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES.

Among other recollections, Niven wrote about director Michael Curtiz’s “carnage” of injured and dead horses caused by his ordering the use of a “Running W” or trip wire during action scenes that were supposedly filmed in Mexico.

Other versions included a fight between Errol Flynn and Curtiz that never occurred (There was a physical confrontation between both men that occurred six years later during DIVE BOMBER) reportedly caused by Flynn’s rage over the director’s alleged indifference to the welfare of animals with the number of horses crippled or killed during the making of the picture ranging from 20 to 100 or many more.

My research, based on studio production records, correspondence and legal files( including sworn affidavits and photographs) and other sources, revealed an accurate and less fabulist account of what occurred during production of the film.

Hollywood’s Great Deluge

Hollywood’s Great Deluge

TCM will be broadcasting NOAH’S ARK on April 4, 2018 that will commence a month long spotlight on the films of director Michael Curtiz. Here is some background on the making of the film adapted from MICHAEL CURTIZ A LIFE in FILM   Michael Curtiz signed a contract with...

Michael Curtiz: He’s No Angel

Michael Curtiz: He’s No Angel

Beverly in Movieland Book Review by Beverly Gray March 23, 2018 To those of us who are fascinated by early Hollywood, director Michael Curtiz has always been a puzzlement. He was born Manó Kaminer, began his professional life as Mihály Kertész, and (once...

The Versatility, Vitriol and Vision of Michael Curtiz – Book Review

The Versatility, Vitriol and Vision of Michael Curtiz – Book Review

Book Review by Mark Burger January 24, 2018 MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM by Alan K. Rode. Published by University Press of Kentucky. 630 pages. $50 retail.   Given his many classic films – which include Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)...

Books

book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw

Books

book cover photo of director Michael Curtiz book cover art photo of Charles McGraw

Blu-ray Discs

Alan contributed numerous commentaries and special feature appearances for a variety of Blu-ray© and DVD classic film releases.

Several recent releases include documentary featurettes produced by TVP Enterprises, Alan’s production company that he co-founded with filmmakers Steven C. Smith and Patrick Francis.


Blu-ray cover art featuring stylized Nina Foch and George Macready behind bars illustrated Blu-ray disc cover art featuring Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd in The Glass Key illustrated cover of Blu-Ray Disc featuring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix in The Blue Dahlia cover art for Blu-ray disc featuring illustrated Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Robert Preston in This Gun for Hire Blu-ray cover art illustrated Franchot Tone Ella Raines Phantom Lady

Blu-ray Classics

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